Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride

Title: One Moment
Author: Kristina McBride
Rating: 4/5

Summary:  It was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life, but it only took one moment to make it the summer that she wanted to forget.  Joey is dead and Maggie can only remember bits and pieces of what happened, why Joey was acting so strange at a party prior to his death, where he went after taking her home that night, and why was Joey keeping secrets from her?

Review:  This book can serve as a poignant reminder that it only takes one moment to alter the path our life is on.  It takes one moment for things to go from good to bad.  The writing in this book is perfectly paced and the frustrations experienced by all of the characters are realistic and familiar to pretty much anyone who has experienced a tramatic event, been in a high school relationship, been cheated on or in truth lost anyone that they care about. 

This novel is the first I’ve read by this author and I find myself wanting to read more of her work to see if I can get the same love for her writing that I found in this particular novel.  This is another that I’ve received from Netgalley, and I am quite glad that I had a chance to read it.

Maggie and her friends are spending memorial day at their favorite spot, and ultimately climbing the cliff to finally make the jump with him that she’d never been able to make.  However, things go horribly, horribly wrong when Joey jumps and Maggie is left cowering on the top of the cliff.  As time goes on Maggie begins to remember bits and pieces of what happened before Joey died.  Attempting to fit the puzzle pieces together, she ultimately has to confront her friends and the truth comes out as to the odd behavior that Joey had the night before, and the hidden relationship that he’d had with one of her best friends.

This is definitely a book whose message will linger with you after you’ve read it and something that will make you think about each and every action you take throughout the course of your day and the effect that one moment can have upon the path our lives are on.
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